Approved Regular Commission Meeting Minutes for August 7, 2019


Attendance

Commissioners Present
Ernie Loveless, Chair
Teresa Barrett
Susan Gorin
Rich Holmer
Lynda Hopkins
Jean Kapolchok
Pam Stafford

Alternate Commissioners Present
Mark Landman
Rodney Moore

Staff Present
Mark Bramfitt Executive Officer
Carole Cooper, Assistant Executive Officer
Verne Ball, Legal Counsel
Cynthia Olson, Administrative Analyst
Diana R. Wilson, Clerk

Approved Regular Commission Meeting Minutes for August 7, 2019

1. Call to Order by the Chair

Called to order by Chair at 2:04 p.m.  The following voting members were seated at the dais: Commissioners Loveless, Stafford, Gorin, Kapolchok, Holmer, Barrett, and Hopkins.

2. Public Comment:

Richard Power, resident of Palm Drive Health Care District, currently on the board of directors of the Palm Drive Health Care District, provided an update regarding the recent Palm Drive Health Care District meeting.

Gayle Bergmann, resident of Palm Drive Health Care District, provided an update regarding the recent Palm Drive Health Care District meeting and expressed concerns regarding changes.

Carolyn Harris, member of the public, provided an update regarding the recent Palm Drive Health Care District meeting and expressed concerns regarding new debt.

3. Consent Calendar

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes: June 5, 2019

  2. Approval of Meeting Minutes: July 3, 2019

  3. File No. 2019-05: Cloverdale Reorganization No. 01-2017 (Renner Fuel Station) Involving the Annexation to the City of Cloverdale and Detachment from County Service Area No. 41 (Multi-Services

  4. Report of Expenditures and Revenues for Fiscal Year 2018-19

    Staff asked to withdrawal of item 3.4 from the Consent Calendar. This item will be brought back at the September 4 meeting.

    Upon motion and second, approved items on the Consent Calendar as recommended by staff.  Item 3.4 moved to Sept 4, 2019 meeting.
    Ayes:                   7   Loveless, Stafford, Gorin, Kapolchok, Holmer, Barrett, and Hopkins
    Noes:                   0
    Abstain:                0

4. Public Hearing Protest Hearings

  1. File No. 2019-04: Geyserville Fire Protection District Reorganization No. 19/19-0313.01 (Knights Valley/IRPs) Involving Annexation to the Geyserville Fire Protection District and Detachment from County Service Area No. 40 (Fire Services) Environmental Determination: Exempt pursuant to Sections 15320 and 15061(b)(3) of the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines .

  2. Staff provided a summary of the staff report and provided results of the public protest.

    The Chair opened and closed the public hearing with no public comment.

    Upon motion and second, approved due to insufficient protest
    Ayes:                   7   Loveless, Stafford, Gorin, Kapolchok, Holmer, Barrett, and Hopkins
    Noes:                   0
    Abstain:                0

5. Regular Calendar

  1. West County Fire and Emergency Medical Service Agencies Municipal Service Review/Future Direction

  2. Staff provided a presentation for West County Fire and Emergency Medical Service Agencies Municipal Service Review (MSR) and afterward invited comments and direction from the Commission.

    Staff answered questions from Commissioners regarding the presentation and draft MSR report.

    The Chair opened the public comment period.

    Paul Strange, resident of Occidental Community Service District, stated that he is concerned about the messaging regarding emergency response versus fire response. He asked that the Commission consider the messaging provided to the public when requesting increased taxes.

    Mark Heine, Chief of the Sonoma County Fire District, thanked staff for work done on the MSR. He underscored issues in the MSR for the Commission, including rates and consolidation cost savings

    The Chair closed the public hearing and brought conversation back to the dais.

    The Commission continued its discussion regarding the West County fire and emergency medical service agencies MSR and West County fire consolidation challenges.

    The Chair re-opened the public comment period.

    Joe Peterson, member of the Goldridge Fire Protection District Board of Directors, recommended that the Commission support the various fire agencies as they go through the reorganization rather than push them forward.

    The Chair closed the public comment period and brought the discussion back to the dais. After discussion, the Commission directed staff to return with the Final MSR and determinations at the September 4, 2019, meeting.

    The Commission further directed staff to create criteria or guidelines for agencies that propose fire reorganization. Staff will bring back a summary of the questions that agencies should be prepared to answer to frame their proposal for fire district consolidation. This will be provided to the Commission at a future meeting.

  3. CALAFCO Board of Directors Nominations
  4. Staff provided information and answered questions from the Commission.

    The Chair open and closed with no public comment.

    Commissioner Hopkins left dais @ 4:02 p.m.

  5. Ad Hoc Personnel Committee: Executive Officer Contract
  6. Staff recommended that the Commission meet in closed session to discuss the Executive Officer’s contract. The Commission agreed to put this item on September 4 meeting agenda.

    The Chair open and closed with no public comment.

6. Information/Report Items - Informational and/or Direction

  1. Legislative Report

    Staff provided details regarding the status of pertinent bills of interest and answered questions from the Commission.

  2. Executive Officer’s Report (Verbal)

    The Executive Officer reminded the Commission about the CALAFCO Annual Conference in Sacramento at the end of October/ beginning of November. Staff will take care of registration but Commissioners who attend should make their own hotel reservations soon.

    The Assistant Executive Officer provided information regarding the CALAFCO Annual Conference that will take place at the end of October in Sacramento.  She asked the Commissioners to share any subjects they are interested in learning about.

7. General Announcement

    Chair Loveless asked if the Commission would like to move forward regarding the public comments made pertaining to the dissolution of the Palm Drive Healthcare District.

    After discussion, staff indicated that the District is seeking a legal opinion regarding its activities and recommended that the Commission wait until more information becomes available. The District may apply to LAFCO for a change or organization.

8. Confirm Meetings

    Commission Meeting: Sept 4, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.

9. Adjournment

    The meeting was adjourned at 4:12 p.m.

 

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